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Funding secured to support victims of domestic abuse

A multi-agency funding bid has secured just over £300,000 of funding to support victims of domestic abuse. The funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government was submitted on behalf of Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral Councils and their respective Community Safety Partnerships to support victims of domestic abuse in a number of ways. Firstly it will help to support victims of domestic abuse by providing them with accommodation, suitable to individual needs, across the four local authority areas. In addition, an enhanced and extended therapeutic support offer will be provided to  children who have witnessed or experienced domestic abuse to improve their mental health and wellbeing. The funding will also support an extended sanctuary offer, enabling more victims of domestic abuse to remain in their own homes safely, through the installation of appropriate safety measures such as locks and external lighting, whilst also extending the use of the IT system across Merseyside to co-ordinate allocation and record demand for specialist accommodation. The total funding secured is £301,160 and this will support 37 units available for supported, dispersed accommodation, 180 children will benefit from therapeutic support and a minimum of 150 households will benefit from the sanctuary fund.  

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said “We know that domestic abuse happens, and can have a profound effect on victims as well as children who may witness incidents.  That’s why we have teamed up with our neighbouring authorities to tackle the issue over a wider geographical area to provide support and solutions that will have a real impact on those who are suffering from it.  This funding will help us to offer targeted support to victims, helping them to rebuild their lives.” Cllr Emily Spurrell, Mayoral Lead for Community Safety, Liverpool City Council, said “We are particularly delighted that this funding will not only increase the number of units of accommodation across the region but allow us to adopt a housing led approach whilst meeting the needs of groups that we have previously struggled to help. We will also, for the first time, be able to provide therapeutic support to children affected by domestic abuse”. Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, added: “Any funding to help tackle domestic abuse is welcomed. Domestic abuse is never acceptable and should not be a hidden issue in our communities. We need to create an environment where domestic abuse is understood better and accepted less and hopefully this money will help achieve this more across the region.” Cllr George Davies, Wirral Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, said “Domestic abuse is a devastating crime that all too often remains hidden. In recognition of this, Wirral Council has pledged to treat domestic abuse with zero tolerance, which also means ensuring that victims are able to access appropriate housing, where they can feel safe and supported during times of crisis. I am therefore very pleased that this award of funding will enable Wirral, alongside our neighbouring councils, to adopt a housing-led approach to addressing the accommodation and support requirements of people fleeing domestic abuse, thereby enabling victims to rebuild their lives”

Crosby Village

Further improvement works in Crosby village are planned in the coming months. The next phase of environmental work is due to be completed by summer 2017 and will include replacement bins and benches, tidying of redundant street clutter and signage. The works have been funded through developer contributions from McCarthy + Stone and agreed through ward councillors in Crosby. On March 8, Sefton Council’s Planning Committee granted planning permission for the refurbishment of the 1930s Glenn Buildings on Moor Lane Crosby, including the replacement of the shop fronts. The scheme, submitted by St. Modwen, will see the creation of more flexible spaces on the ground floor and the refurbishment of the first floors. The existing retail unit next door will be demolished and redeveloped across two floors.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “We believe the agreed application will provide a significant investment within Crosby village and also lets everyone know that Sefton is open for business. “The approval will begin to deliver the vision of the Crosby Investment Strategy, as well as linking into the Vision for Sefton 2030. We will continue to work closely with potential investors to the town and the wider borough to bring the Vision to life.” “Linked to the environmental works people will begin to see improvements to the appearance and character of the village centre.” David Nuttall, Development Manager at St. Modwen, said: “Our plans for Crosby were given a welcome boost this month when our planning application to refurbish the Glenn Buildings South and construct a new unit at 10 Moor Lane was approved. “We are committed to Crosby and our plans will provide accommodation suitable for modern retailers, whilst maintaining the look and feel of the traditional high street. “We are delighted to have received considerable positive feedback from residents and retailers, and we hope to move forward with these works as soon as is practical.”

Other environmental improvement works completed to date in Crosby include: • New tree planting and removal of older trees • New power points for lighting • Street lighting – new lanterns and repainting columns • Relocation of CCTV camera • Installation of festoon lighting • Repaving central circle area • New Christmas lights

Managing Agent Accreditation Scheme

Following the introduction of the property accreditation scheme launched in 2013, Sefton Council has now launched a Managing Agent Accreditation Scheme.

The free scheme offers agents and property managers public recognition for being a good agent that provides well managed private rented accommodation within Sefton.

Agents who meet the requirements of the scheme will receive a certificate of accreditation which will last for 5 years, Concentric Sales and Lettings are the first agent to be accredited.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “I am really pleased that we are offering this voluntary scheme across the borough.

“It gives good agents an opportunity to stand out amongst the rest and ultimately helps to improve housing conditions in the private rented sector throughout Sefton. If you are an agent please consider this valuable scheme.”

If you are a managing agent that wants to be accredited please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/managingagentaccreditation or call 0345 140 0845 for more information.

Lost Medication- Crosby

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public to be cautious after prescription medication was reported to have been lost on Monday (20 March 2017).

Officers received a report at about 4.25pm yesterday (Tuesday) that the medication had been lost at 6.20pm on Monday.

It was reported a Debenhams carrier bag was left on Islington in Crosby containing 28 x 7.5mg of Zimovane tablets after being collected from Boots in Crosby village.

Officers are reminding people that taking any medication which has not been prescribed for them can be dangerous and, in some circumstances, can prove fatal.

Anyone who finds any of the medication is asked to hand it in to any pharmacy or police station or call officers on the 101 number

World Social Work Day

To mark World Social Work Day today, we are sharing with you some of the inspirational work of Social Workers in Sefton.

A Social Worker, who has worked in Sefton for many years recalls a gentleman she recently met and was able to support integrating back into the community and reconnect with his family.

‘He has previously been homeless and spent most of his life outside therefore struggles with being indoors. The support that he has from Sefton has improved his mood and again has lessened the impact of the deprivation He can now access the community safely without being exploited and he has been able to rebuild a relationship with his family whom he has been estranged from for many years.’

Another of our Social Workers told us about a young couple she met and supported into independent living,

‘The young couple both had Learning Disabilities, Individually they both received a high care package and were both in supported living. Sefton assisted their transition to move in together. The couple then progressed to getting married they now both have jobs and only receive a minimal care package, to assist them with budgeting and keeping a home.’

A Social Worker who assessed an elderly gentleman, was able to help him reduce risks and increase his social engagement,

‘A joint visit was recently undertaken with a district nurse to assess a gentleman in his 80’s, who was not managing to live independently, he had no food in the cupboards and his personal hygiene was poor. He was having falls and ringing the ambulance service numerous times, He had four separate admissions into hospital in six weeks. Sefton arranged a short term placement that day. He was very pleased with this and is now settled, feeling safe and secure and has had no further hospital admissions.’

https://www.sefton.gov.uk/social-care/care-and-support-for-adults.aspx

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